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Oscar Index: They Shoot Horses, Don't They?

Oscar Index: They Shoot Horses, Don't They?

What a week at Movieline's Institute for the Advanced Study of Kudos Forensics, where the pundits' hustle harmonized with the guilds' bustle to create a heavy-duty wake-up call for some otherwise dormant awards-season underdogs. They also telegraphed danger for a few juggernauts once thought unassailable. What does it all mean as we head into the Critics Choice and Golden Globe Awards weekend? To the Index!
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Behind the Camera || ||

The Artist Director Responds to Kim Novak's Outrage Over Vertigo Theme

"I’ve done nothing wrong," director Michel Hazanavicius told CNN when asked his reaction to Kim Novak's recent comments lambasting The Artist for using the Vertigo love theme. "I used music from another movie, but it’s not illegal. We paid for that, we asked for that and we had the permission to do it. For me there is no real controversy...I feel sorry for her, but there’s a lot of movies with music from other movies, directors do that all the time and I’m not sure it’s a big deal." [CNN]

Talkback || ||

Can Rob Marshall Be Entrusted with Into the Woods?

Rob Marshall, Getty Images

In spite of the role he played in bringing the movie musical back into prominence, Rob Marshall has been, shall we say, a bit inconsistent over the years. This goes for his work within the musical genre, from the Oscar winning Chicago to the messy Nine, as much as his direction of non-musical films (Memoirs of a Geisha, I'm looking at you). Just look to his most recent effort, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides; commonly accepted as the weakest entry in the series, a sequel that hardly justifies its own existence, it's nevertheless brought in $1 billion for Disney to date. And so, let's discuss: Can Rob Marshall be trusted to adapt Broadway's Into the Woods?
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Newswire || ||

Read Between The Lines as Robert Downey Jr. Forgets Iron Man 2, Talks Iron Man 3

“I think that we have an opportunity with the third Iron Man to make the best of the three, and maybe one of the better superhero movies that’s ever been made. But I think we have to remember what made the first one good. It was very character-driven. It was very odd. It was kind of outrageous. And so I think we have to have the courage to trust that the audience is really kind of cool, and smart.” Ah yes, Robert Downey Jr., "cool audiences" -- the elusive fifth quadrant. Here's to hoping Iron Man 3 doesn't repeat the series sophomore slump. [Omelete via Collider]

Behind the Camera || ||

Ron Paul's Campaign Song Is... The Star Wars Imperial March

Ron Paul, Getty Images

Candidates campaigning for the Presidential ticket usually opt for safe campaign songs carefully chosen to align themselves consciously and subconsciously with certain sets of values, but last night, Ron Paul went a different route: He and his supporters celebrated their second-place victory in the New Hampshire Republican primary to the sounds of "The Imperial March" from Star Wars. Yes, Darth Vader's theme song.
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First Looks || ||

Detachment Poster Debut: Adrien Brody's Class is in Session

Detachment Poster Debut: Adrien Brody's Class is in Session

Nearly a year on from its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, director Tony Kaye's ensemble drama Detachment is readying to make its debut on VOD and in theaters. This calls for a poster! Movieline's got your first look at the one-sheet -- featuring leading man Adrien Brody and a high school classroom in desperate need of a janitor -- after the break.
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Awards || ||

Artist, Tree of Life Earn ASC Award Nominations

Artist, Tree of Life Earn ASC Award Nominations

The American Society of Cinematographers recognized a typically diverse, eclectic gang of shooters this morning, singling out cinematographers from four countries -- including two first-time nominees -- in revealing its 2012 awards nominations.
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Quick Take || ||

BREAKING: Movie to Advertise

BREAKING: Movie to Advertise

This just in: "(Beverly Hills, Calif.) January 10, 2012 – Relativity Media announced today that it will promote the Bandito Brothers’ upcoming intense action-thriller Act of Valor, which stars an elite group of active-duty Navy SEALs in a fictionalized composite of actual events, during NBC’s nationally televised coverage of Super Bowl XLVI on February 5, 2012. Four 30-second unique Act of Valor commercials, featuring exclusive content, will run throughout the program including two spots that will air during the pre-game, one spot in game during the fourth quarter and one spot in the post-game show." MUST CREDIT MOVIELINE. [Press release]

The Movieline Interview || ||

Michael Biehn Talks Iconic Roles and Set Strife on The Divide: ‘The Actors Hated Each Other’

Michael Biehn in The Divide

In a career spanning three decades Michael Biehn has notched a number of iconic roles in beloved genre fare, from future freedom fighter Kyle Reese in The Terminator to Corporal Hicks in Aliens to one of his personal favorites, Tombstone villain Johnny Ringo. And that work has borne him witness to his share of tense, chaotic sets under some of the strongest personalities in the business. But no shoot of Biehn’s was as intense as the friction-filled production of this week’s The Divide, Xavier Gens’ bleak horror tale about strangers trapped in a basement after the apocalypse, which Biehn says was fueled by the “hatred” and “bitterness” of combative actors turning on each other under claustrophobic conditions.
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